BrainDead and American Gothic will not be back for more. CBS has canceled the summer dramas after one season each, EW has confirmed.
The decision to pull the plug on the two shows leaves Zoo as the network’s only summer 2016 scripted series set to return next year.
Ratings were soft for both the political satire BrainDead, which hailed from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, and the murder mystery American Gothic, from showrunner Corinne Brinkerhoff (Jane the Virgin, Boston Legal).
BrainDead starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a documentary filmmaker who discovers that Washington, D.C., has been overtaken by alien insects. American Gothic starred Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr, and Justin Chatwin and centered on a prominent Boston family that may have a serial killer in its ranks.
The Kings and Winstead already have subsequent projects lined up: The former are set to executive produce and write a Good Wife spinoff for CBS All Access, and the latter will star in the third season of Fargo.